Which two candles are we lighting tonight and what do they symbolize? Yes, the Prophesy candle symbolizing the hope for Jesus that the prophesies brought and the Bethlehem candle symbolizing our humble obedience to God’s big plans
This week we’ve talked about Zechariah, Elizabeth, John, Joseph, Mary, the Shephards, Simeon, and Anna. In addition to these special people, three wise men, also called “the three kings” or “the magi” noticed something strange when Jesus was born: they saw a star appear and knew that meant a new king had been born! So they began a long long journey to Jerusalem looking for a new king. When they got there a year or two later, they asked,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” … And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matt 2:2, 9-11
When we give gifts to someone, we usually try to think of things they’d want or would use, right? Well, the gifts the wise men brought were significant: Gold is the perfect gift for a King, Frankincense is the perfect gift for a Priest and Myrrh, used in burials, is a perfect gift for someone who will die soon. Jesus is our King and our Priest and he had to die on the cross to save us from our sins.
What gift can you give Jesus? (trust him, serve him, obey him, worship him…)
What gifts are you going to give other people at Christmas time?